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He graduated with highest honors in flamenco guitar performance from the Fundacion Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco (Seville, Spain). While living in Spain for 3 years Diego Alonso performed flamenco guitar 2-4 nights a week and toured with some of flamenco's top performed. His extensive training and experience in flamenco guitar make him a highly qualified teacher in the field.
He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Research Psychology and focuses on applying the psychology of learning, skill acquisition, and expertise to learning guitar. With this
Lessons are based on time-tested methods in guitar pedagogy as well as on up-to-date scientific research in the neurological and psychological processes of skill acquisition and expertise. Key concepts you will learn to incorporate into your practice are "deliberate practice," "spaced practice," "interleaved practice," "performance practice," "mental practice," "conceptual practice," and more. My goal, as a teacher, is to help students learn to practice effectively and efficiently in order to develop the neurological pathways necessary to form, improve, and maintain high-level, musical skills.
CAN ANYONE LEARN GUITAR?
Absolutely! I accept students at any experience level. Whether you've never touched a guitar before our first lesson, have been playing for a few years, or have your Master's degree in guitar performance, I can and will help you achieve your goals (so long as you do your homework).
WHAT KIND OF GUITAR DO YOU NEED?
For flamenco or classical lessons, you will need a nylon-string guitar (e.g., classical or flamenco), NOT a steel string guitar. If you don't own a nylon-string guitar, you can certainly rent one, but it must be available to you for home practice AT LEAST 6 days/week.
CAN YOU GUARANTEE RESULTS?
YES! If you follow my instruction and practice plan, I can certainly guarantee results!
Consistent and correct practice are the keys to success. The more consistent you are and the more correctly you practice, the sooner you'll reach your goals. This requires you to commit to practicing 6 days/week for an absolute minimum of 20 minutes/day up to a maximum of 3.5 hours/day; NO EXCEPTIONS! Again, you also MUST be practicing CORRECTLY. I'll show you how, but if you aren't practicing this way and are not consistent with your practice plan, I cannot guarantee results.
· Flamenco Guitar · Online
· Classical Guitar · Online
· Guitar · Online
That year Scott went to Northern Illinois University to continue his studies for a second degree in Music
On the more contemporary side he turned his attention to virtuoso guitar innovators, performing the works: Trademark, by Eric Johnson, Always With Me, Always With You, by Joe Satriani, Over My Head, by Douglas T. Pinnick, Ty Tabor, and Terry W Gaskill, Variations on a Theme of Van Halen, arranged by Scott and Tom Hapeman, as well as Scott’s original compositions, Nowhere Fast and Flight of The Monkey!
Scott played in many important master classes including the popular duo The Assad Brothers, and The Washington Guitar Quintet. He was also a member of the guitar ensemble from Harper College that was featured on cable television on numerous occasions.
Scott has been writing, recording, and performing in every genre imaginable for more than 20 years. He began in his teens performing in cover bands, then in college he founded a self titled fusion based instrumental trio. Later he joined the groups Equinox, The Bulletproof Babies and The Liberty Hounds. He is now writing, recording, and producing original compositions in his home studio, as well as actively performing classical guitar recitals and private events.
Scott has been teaching guitar, bass, drums, piano, and vocals for over 20 years at his private studio, Strings and Things, as well as at such locations as: Northern Illinois University, Village Music in Buffalo Grove, Beautiful Music, Music and Arts Center in Naperville, and Austin Music. He has taught classes from 2 students up to as many as 17 students at the Elk Grove Village, Palatine, Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, Lisle and Prospect Heights Park Districts. He has developed innovative methods for learning sight reading, chord structure, harmony, voice leading, key signatures, scales and modes, aural skills, theory/composition and technique through learning the music you like to listen to, right from the CD in the actual lesson! His preferred techniques include Mel Bay methods for guitar, and chord diagram books, Segovia's diatonic major and minor scales, Segovia/Ricordi editions of Carcassi Op. 6 No. 25, and Fernando Sors 20 studies, Giuliani’s 120 right hand studies and Christopher Parkening methods. In addition, he prefers to use the Batersby drum methods, Mel Bay bass methods, and Alfred’s piano library.
Scott is available immediately for instruction in guitar, bass, drums, vocals and piano, Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays. Other days of the week can be arranged if needed.
*** Lesson Details ***
The student can expect a fun and laid back atmosphere, while still having a somewhat strict expectation with regards to practice and preparation. Each student is taught according to their background and musical tastes. After a few months, the student will have command of the fundamentals, and be working toward building a repertoire.
*** Studio Equipment ***
virtual drum kit, concert grand and keyboards, 24 track digital recording studio, seating for parents. All lesson books and materials available on location.
It's easy to say that Scott knows what he's talking about, he has plenty of experience and does a great job breaking things down to a simpler form. I've enjoyed my first month's classes and look forward to gaining a repertoire with him.
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Moving back to Chicago after L.A. in 2002 proved to be the right move as this is when I began my teaching career. With 13+ years of private and group music instruction experience, I have worked with Hix Brothers Music, Naperville Music, Roselle Music, Streamwood Park District, Roselle Park District, Schaumburg Park District, After School Enrichment Solution's Guitar Stars, Band For Today, Guitar Fundamentals, Chicago Guitar Instruction, Schaumburg Music Academy, Music Makers of Western Springs, Clarendon Hills Music Ac
Performing with various bands in the 2000's, I pinpointed my style and mastered my technique that gave me many performance opportunities regionally and nationally, noting most current act U2 tribute Vertigo USA.
I am co-founder of the music licensing production company Blue Shade Music, co-writing with astute musicians in the Chicago area for music libraries in Florida and California currently.
With national and international touring experience, I was featured in an exclusive interview for Online Drummer in August of 2011 sharing my knowledge and experience of music and drums.
Thank you for reading, and I hope to have a fun and educational time with you!
*** Lesson Details ***
Practicing everyday with an occasional day off is very important in the student's progress. I always say 10 minutes is better than 0 minutes.
For DRUM lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation and music charts
*to read drum notation
*songs by real bands
*timekeeping via a metronome
*hand technique and foot technique
*all styles of music
*drum grooves and drum fills
*marching band/concert band material (if involved in school)
For PIANO lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation
*to read music charts/lead sheets
*chords and inversions
*styles of blues, jazz, pop, rock, and traditional
*songs you wish to learn
For GUITAR + BASS lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to learn to read music notation
*to learn to read a music chart
*styles of pop, rock, and blues
*songs you wish to learn
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment. The student must have an acoustic or electric drum set, a practice pad, a music stand, a metronome, sticks, curriculum book(s), headphones, an acoustic or electric guitar, and an acoustic or electric piano.
*** Specialties ***
Rock, Funk, Blues, RnB, Soul, Country, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Metal
**Travel available for in home lessons up to 15 miles pending location, scheduling, and availability. 2 weeks or more notice is required for discontinuation of lessons.**
· Guitar · In home
· Drum · In studio
It was my first time trying the drums and I didn't have a drum set yet. Steven took the time to sit down with me and discuss which drum sets were good for the price.
Overall, this was a great experience!
· Guitar · In home
· Cello · In studio
Chicago High School for the Arts and Roosevelt University with guitar performance degrees. He plays Jazz, Rock, R&B and Brazilian and traditional folk music.
Max has had the pleasure of preforming with such jazz icons as Ingrid Jensen, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dayna Stephens, Billy Drewes, Abraham Laboriel, and Allison Miller among others. In addition to his jazz work Max has recorded and performed with musicians from the pop and
· Saxophone · In studio
· Saxophone · In studio
· Saxophone · In home
Since 2004, Windy has performed in many youth classical orchestras based in Chicago. Since high school she has demonstrated talent and leadership skills by being an active section leader of the 2nd violins during her last two years at Lane Technical College Prep High School.
Windy also participated in All-city CPS High School Orchestra for 3 years earning the chance to perform at The Chicago Orchestra Hall, Navy Pier, and a plethora of private venues.
As a current mentee to Chicago Sinfonietta Orchestra’s Robert
Mainly focusing on hip-hop these days, Windy has been proactively participating in City College’s Music Education programs. With sounds reminiscent of Lindsey Stirling and Esperanza Spaulding, Windy has an aspiration to bridge the gap between music and education as a tool to introduce urban demographics to a wider selection of sound.
Windy utilizes her expansive musicality to blend genres such as Soul, Pop, Classical and Folk in order to articulate her vision. With ideas of a Philanthropist and Organizer grounding her, Windy continues to share her violin skills in spaces of like-minded individuals in hopes to connect with people on a universal scale.
Member of Northwest Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Violin Sectional Coach at Music Inc.
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I have been studying voice since I was 13, and understand the importance of having a good teacher. My focus is primarily classical music, with an emphasis on learning a solid technique in order to be able to sing all kinds of music. I recognize the importance of the foundations of singing, and have found wonderful success in showing students how to find their own unique voice. I hope to inspire every student I have to find the music they love, and communicate their own stories within that.
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